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Egg Experiment
Students in life science classes recently did an experiment to measure the osmosis of water in eggs. Students soaked eggs in vinegar to take their shells off. Students then designed their own experiments by choosing what solutions to soak their eggs in and how to measure the changes in the eggs. The eggs shown were soaked in pineapple juice and Dr. Pepper.
National Honor Society Volunteers to Pack Food
National Honor Society students helped pack food for Blessings in a Backpack.  Blessings is an organization that provides food to students who may not receive a meal on the weekends.
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Lake Land College Offers Presidential Scholarship

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The Lake Land College Board of Trustees approved a new scholarship that allows students who rank in the top 15 percent of their graduating class or have an ACT composite score of 26 or higher to attend Lake Land College tuition free.

This monetary award known as the Presidential Scholarship, is offered to district high school graduates who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance in high school. The scholarship is good for two years with a value up to $4,625 per year or $9,250 total.

To receive the scholarship, a student must either rank in the top 15 percent of his/her senior class; or have an ACT composite score of 26 or higher. Additionally, students must enroll at Lake Land College full-time the fall semester immediately following high school graduation and submit the Presidential Scholarship Acceptance Form prior to enrollment at the college.

If you are interested in more information regarding this scholarship, see your counselor in Student Services.

Health Occupations Offers Great Experiences for Students

Are you interested in the medical field? Health Occupations is a great way to jump-start your career! The Health Occupations class provides a hands-on opportunity to students working with patients with real needs. By taking the Health Occupations course, students work toward earning their Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate (CNA). Clinicals are held two times a week for the second and third quarter. During clinical experience, students have the opportunity to work as a CNA on the floors of the hospital and nursing homes. During the 4th quarter, students create their own schedules focusing on their areas of interest. By choosing their rotations at such places as a doctor's office, the emergency room, the ambulance service, and many more, this gives them their real-world experience.

Collecting Toys for FISH
Student Council members delivered nearly 100 new toys to the FISH Christmas store. 
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2014 Illinois State Scholars Announced
The 2014-2015 Illinois State Scholars were announced by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. To be eligible, a student must be a resident of Illinois and perform in the top half of the class and/or score in the 95th percentile on the ACT, SAT, or Prairie State Achievement Exam. Once the students who meet these criteria are identified, a formula based on standardized test scores and performance-based academic data is used to select the scholars.
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Front Row (Left to Right): Kali H., Savanah K., Amber V., Kelli B., Cheryl M., Morgan W., and Abby H.
Back Row (Left to Right): Victoria S., Sean F., Felicia T., Kelsey C., Sean S., Kelly K., and Maria B.
Biology I Rat Dissection
Students in Mrs. Habing's biology class are currently dissecting rats. The rats are used to compare the structures and functions of various parts of the rat with other mammals.
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FISH Food Drive a Success
The FISH food drive was held at Effingham High School before Thanksgiving break.  The classes challenged each other to see who could bring in the most food to donate to the FISH Christmas store.  This year's winner was the senior class. 
Chemistry I Students Learn to Tie Dye

Mrs. Ault's Chemistry I students tie-dyed t-shirts to help them understand and learn about chemical bonding. The students were to wear their shirts the for "Tie-dye Tuesday". It was a wonderful experience and learning opportunity, as many of the students had never tie-dyed before. Mrs. Ault and her students were very pleased with how the shirts turned out.
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December Student of the Month
The Effingham High School Student of the Month program began eight years ago to honor a group of students each month for each curricular area at Effingham High School. The faculty members in each department observe their students each month to make their selection. While grades are an important part of this selection, they are not the sole determination. Students are also evaluated on their sense of classroom citizenship, helpful nature to others, and whether they are giving their best effort , A or not.
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Front Row: A. Gregory, K. Bernahl, H. Ebbert, B. Al-wali, & A. Stout 
Back Row: S. Bloemker, T. Crowell, P. Miller, A. Huntington, C. Schmidt, K. Tonn, & A. Gharst

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